The Early Years
I grew up on Long Island, NY under the shade of an old apple tree
and spent much of my time climbing its limbs—when I wasn't
riding my bike or watching bugs... (always a nature-girl)
Study and Work
After studying Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Delaware
and Fine Arts at Philadelphia College of Art (now University of
the Arts), I returned to New York. There, I worked for a company
that maintain tropical plants in offices and restaurants.
I moved to Philadelphia in 1981 and
started an Interior Plantscape business specializing in residential
design and maintenance. I planned and maintained plants in client's
homes, model homes, high visibility commercial lobbies, and atriums.
From my clients ...
"We like it, we like it! I really enjoyed seeing the different blooms, leaf colors and shapes in our side landscaping during its first year-long cycle and I'm anticipating the same sense of discovery with the front."
— Kathryn B.,
In 1991 I came to Portland and studied
Landscape Design at PCC Rock Creek. I worked at Tsugawa Nursery
in Woodland, Washington, as a Garden Designer. At Tsugawa, I also
taught gardening classes and designed visual merchandising displays.
established Plan-it Earth Design in 1998, and it has evolved
into what you see today—a process-oriented design collaboration
I have been working since 2003 as Communications Chair for ANLD (www.anld.com) helping to keep local designers connected to events and educational opportunities in the region, and have been serving as Legislative Advocate on the Board of APLD Oregon (www.apldoregon.org) since 2005, vigilantly protecting the rights of Landscape Designers in Oregon.
Read about me on the web ...
I've worked with The Berry Botanic
Garden, The Audubon Society of Portland and the National Wildlife
Federation designing Go Native: A Bird Friendly Display Garden
for the Portland Home and Garden Show in 2003. That garden won the
Water Wise Award and the Wildlife Habitat Award.
I am available to teach classes throughout Portland, Oregon on various landscape design topics, including:
- Small Space Design;
- Gardening for Year-round Interest;
- Creating Habitat with Native Plants; and
- Raingardens for the Disconnected Downspout.
I have been trained by the City of Portland-sponsored stormwater retrofit program. Besides being am listed on their website as a resource for raingarden (stormwater facility) design, I am on their Clean River Rewards Professional Referral list here.
In collaboration with another Portland
garden designer, I've won numerous awards, detailed at our website
at The Garden Design